Quote from AcosmicRN
I don't want to be negative here, but I don't believe it's a good idea to work and go to school. Summers, yes. Holiday PRN, yes, but generally, part of the expense of going to nursing school is the lost wages during that period. People who do, often don't pass semesters. People who do often don't get good grades, and you need those grades because the represent knowledge you've gained. Take out a loan. Live at a lower standard, but the only advice I would ever give anyone is that until you can live off your spouses income, or loans, or whatever, you're probably not ready for nursing school--even if you are smart enough. I hope this doesn't bring you down to much.
I strongly disagree with this advice. I haven't decided, myself, whether to move from escort to CNA, but I definitely think some health care background is helpful.
My classmates who are CNA's and LPN's definitely have a leg up. If I had it to do over, I would definitely have taken my hospital's employee development program before starting nursing school.
It is hard to balance work and school. Sometimes I neglect work and family for school, sometimes I neglect school and family for work, and I'm averaging 4-5 hours sleep a night. My grades have slipped a little--got a B in Pharm--but from what I've seen, a big part of nursing is setting priorities. That B was triage--I was having a pretty easy time in Pharm and Micro and the theory part of nursing, but straight A's weren't going to matter if I didn't learn to do an acceptable care plan in clinicals, so that got most of my attention.
Mainly, though, it just seems to me that if you wait until conditions are ideal, you'll never do it.
That, and do try to have an understanding family.
I appear to have fallen in love with the word "definitely." That's rather odd.
It's definitely time to go to bed.